This semester’s Lunch
and Learn series at the Writing Center kicks off Friday, September 6, 2013, at
12:30 p.m. with “Game On: Learning with Video Games.” The Writing Center is located in Eicher Hall, room 218.
Doctoral students Bader
Algubaisi (Composition and TESOL) and Ahmed Yousof (Communications Media and
Instructional Technology) will team up to explore the theory and practice of
learning language and culture through gaming.
Yousof won a prize at last year’s Education Without Borders
conference for a proposal for HERO 1, an educational video game designed to
teach English language and American culture to Arab students. The game is still under development.
“You can learn English by watching
TV, but you can’t rely on that to learn the culture,” Yousof said. ”Why not
have a video game that bridges language and culture?”
At the Lunch and Learn, Yousof
will share screenshots and a trailer for the game as well as activities that
will be used in the game.
Bader will discuss his video gaming
experience and how that helped him learn English as a second language. He will
share what current research says about video games and learning/literacy, the
disconnect between learning and play, methods for using video games for
second-language learners, and the challenges of using video games in the
“My experience with video games from a
non-academic point of view comes from the fact that I have always played video
games and still do on a daily basis,” he said. “This, however, changed to a
more academic interest during a course on using technology to enhance literacy.”
This will be a presentation and
discussion, so students and faculty are encouraged to come with questions or
writing. Attendees are also welcome to bring a lunch to eat in the Writing
Center during the discussion.